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BBC Radio gets its own iPlayer

The BBC has launched a new version of its iPlayer system specifically for radio. BBC iPlayer Radio went live on Monday (8 October) as a dedicated platform for the Corporation's networks to home computers, mobile phones and tablets.

The BBC has launched a new version of its iPlayer system specifically for radio. BBC iPlayer Radio went live on Monday (8 October) as a dedicated platform for the Corporation’s networks to home computers, mobile phones and tablets. The iPlayer was developed as an online video-on-demand service for television, allowing viewers to watch programmes they had missed or not recorded, streamed to their computers or, more recently, connected TV sets. BBC radio has been available for listen again using this technology but it was decided to produce something that was designed specifically for radio, allowing live programmes and archive material to be listened to in a variety of ways. This includes on PCs, smartphones (a new app is available for iOS with an Android version to follow) and other mobile devices, including tablet computers. As part of the iPlayer Radio launch the home pages of BBC radio stations have been re-designed to include new features. Among these are an alarm so people can wake up to their favourite presenter or programme and access to videos, audio clips, downloads and social media feeds, as well as on-air radio. There are plans over the next few months to develop a “two-way conversation” between the presenters and their audience by giving listeners a direct connection to material from the studio. “BBC iPlayer Radio is radio for an audience that expects to access our content anywhere,” comments Daniel Danker, general manager of programmes and on-demand for the BBC. “Now you truly can take BBC Radio with you wherever you go. It’s also radio for an audience that wants greater choice and control. They want to listen again when they choose, to personalise their listening experience, to share tracks they’ve discovered with friends. BBC iPlayer Radio delivers all of these things, in a simple, consistent, easy to navigate way.” www.bbc.co.uk/radio

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